Because I'm a writer, and have always had a dramatic flair for a story, I very much relate to something Lee explained to me about the difference selves within each of us. There are three parts to me: me the actor, me the narrator, me the witness. The actor is the person who goes about the daily business of life, doing the things I do and even thinking the thoughts. But the narrator in me is the person who judges (and harshly, I might add) everything I do and don't accomplish. She provides the running commentary in my head. The witness is someone I've only recently become acquainted with. The witness is the the calm, non-reactive meditant who only appears for twenty minutes a day and to give her those twenty minutes is the actor's duty. For twenty minutes every day, I consent to sit and witness myself. I consent to observe the awful thoughts, uncomfortable feelings, and odd phrases that fly in an out of my head, on the cusp of the dream. (London officer, Citibank: what on earth can these words mean?)
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Meditation is not about ambition. It is about intention. It is not about doing it right or being the best or even about becoming enlightened. It is about sitting in stillness for twenty minutes every day. That’s all. Now, see what happens.